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Scientists Work To Grow Food In Space

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:59am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Gene Giacomelli of the University of Arizona about working with NASA to develop a kind of greenhouse where astronauts can grow crops while in space.

Researchers Look To Improve Weather Forecasting After Irma

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:59am

In coastal Georgia, Hurricane Irma caused far more flooding than expected. Researchers are looking at ways their mistakes there could improve future predictions elsewhere.

Museums Engage In Informative Twitter Debate

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:59am

Two museums in the U.K. argued on Twitter about who has better exhibits in a very informative fashion.

U.S. Still Out of Paris Climate Agreement, Despite Conflicting Reports

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 7:07pm

The White House has reaffirmed its position on the climate pact "unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country," after reports from AFP and the WSJ that the U.S. would stay.

After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 4:22pm

A long-term study of people who survived Hurricane Katrina found that most were doing well, and some feel the experience transformed them. But others remain haunted by anxiety and depression.

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Cassini Spacecraft Burns Up Like A Meteor In Dramatic End To Saturn Mission

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 3:35pm

The Cassini spacecraft, which launched almost 20 years ago, ended its mission early Friday morning when it dove directly into Saturn's atmosphere, burning up like a meteor.

Ig Nobels Awarded For Research Into Big Ears, Feline Fluidity

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:55am

The annual awards for research "that makes you laugh, then think" also singled out scientists who determined that having contact with a crocodile influences a person's willingness to gamble.

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Paul Knoepfler: What Are The Unintended Consequences Of Human Gene Editing?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:52am

New gene editing tools hold a great deal of promise, but biologist Paul Knoepfler says we should be cautious. He warns altering DNA can have dire consequences, including a new form of eugenics.

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Juan Enriquez: What Can Happen If Humans Control The Future Of Evolution?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:52am

From genetically modified animals and crops, we can already manipulate DNA. But futurist Juan Enriquez argues soon we can take full control of human evolution to create a better life for all of us.

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Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent AI?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:52am

Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction? Not for Sam Harris. He says it's not a question of if but when — with potentially destructive consequences.

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Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 6:53am

The NASA probe that's spent the past 13 years making countless discoveries about the ringed planet and its moons was taken out of orbit and sent plunging into Saturn's atmosphere.

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Cassini Plunges To Saturn

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 4:06am

The Cassini mission to Saturn ends on Friday. Scientists will steer the spacecraft into Saturn's atmosphere and watch it burn up.

Good News For Snow Leopards, Bad News For Ash Trees

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:12pm

Snow leopards are no longer on the verge of extinction, a new assessment found. However, the situation is looking dire for five species of ash trees, now listed as "Critically Endangered."

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Cassini Spacecraft Set To Complete 13-Year Saturn Mission

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

The Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere Friday, incinerating itself in the process. Astrophysicist Jonathan Lunine talks about what the mission accomplished and its grand finale.

California Lawmakers To Vote On 100 Percent Clean Energy Mandate

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:15pm

To some, it's a chance for the state to cement its environmental leadership as the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era climate change programs.

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It's Like An 'Electric-Fence Sensation,' Says Scientist Who Let An Eel Shock His Arm

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:36pm

A neurobiologist noticed something strange whenever he tried to fish out electric eels in his lab using a net with a metal rim and handle. So he decided to roll up his sleeves and investigate.

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Efforts To Prevent Misuse Of Biomedical Research Fall Short

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:04pm

The National Academies of Sciences says not enough has been done to keep legitimate research on pathogens and toxins from being misappropriated and turned into biological weapons.

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Crashing Cassini

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:06am

It's always best to go out with a bang.

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If You Think Everyone Else Has More Friends, You're Not Alone

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:25am

Many first-year college students think their peers have more friends than they do, a study finds. But that can actually help motivate students to make new connections.

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What Should We Make Of Trump's Speech Patterns — And Our Responses To Them?

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 8:46am

Yes, President Trump's words tend to be simple and oft-repeated. The real question, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, may be what happens when we adopt them.

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